Speaking and listening
From the children’s earliest days in school the process of speaking and listening plays a fundamental role in helping them to shape their thoughts and ideas and to communicate effectively.
The development of children’s writing is essential to thinking and learning, communication and is enjoyable in its own right. The children write across a wide range of contexts developing fiction and non-fictions text forms. Teachers aim to develop the children’s understanding of how to use punctuation to clarify meaning, and grammatical features to make their writing more effective. We track children’s spelling development carefully to ensure progression in our teaching and so that children experiencing difficulties can be supported.
Our library areas are focal points throughout the school and contain a wide range of fiction and non-fiction material. Teachers plan their work to give the children an exciting balance of reading and writing activities and each class has a period of sustained reading each day.
Our aim is for children to understand and enjoy all aspects of mathematics and to be able to use and apply a variety of strategies to solve problems. We have a strong focus on mental maths including multiplication and division facts which help mathematical agility across the subject. Children are encouraged to communicate their ideas and explain their thinking both orally and through written methods.
Information Communication Technology is changing the lives of everyone. Through our teaching we equip children to participate in a rapidly changing world where work and leisure activities are increasingly transformed by technology. We enable them to find, explore, analyse and present information. ICT skills are a major factor in enabling children to be confident, creative learners.
We have interactive whiteboards fitted in all classrooms where they are used by teachers and pupils as a valuable learning tool. The children are taught to use CD players, dictaphones, electronic microscopes, movie cameras and digital photography to aid creativity and understanding throughout the curriculum.
Our school is well equipped with a computer suite containing 20 desktop computers. Each classroom has a further 2 PCs which are linked into the network allowing flexibility for children to use ICT in all curriculum areas.
The children learn about the three main areas of science: life and living processes, physical processes and materials. They are taught the skills to enable them to find out about the world around them, and to ask scientific questions. They also learn how to design and carry out experiments with an emphasis on practical work and investigation.
Art and Design
Art is a highly valued area in the school curriculum and the quality of the art work has been recognised by advisors and inspectors. We have won competitions and often exhibit work locally. click here to visit our school gallery.